Tanaka brush cutters

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Treacherous

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May 13, 2010
1,020
WA state
Anyone have any experience with the Tanaka brush cutters?

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7 year consumer warranty and lifetime driveshaft warranty. I've seen them regarded fairly well around the web. It seems about half the price of a comparable Stihl model. I believe they are made in Japan but not sure.

There is something appealing about not having something else to mix gas in... do the 4 stroke Honda's have enough power for cutting 1-2" trees while using the saw blade?

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TreePointer

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Sep 22, 2010
3,122
PA
I've never run a Tanaka trimmer, but I wouldn't shy away from one. I've haven't heard any bad about them.

I do have Stihl's version of a 4-stroke engine (4-Mix) in the FS130 (bike handle). It uses 2-cycle fuel mix, but the tradeoff is that there are no oil changes.

At 36.3cc, the FS130 with a Stihl chisel tooth saw blade has no problems with 1-2" trees
http://www.stihlusa.com/products/trimmers-and-brushcutters/professional-trimmers/fs130/
http://www.stihlusa.com/products/tr...ries/trimmer-heads-and-blades/circularchisel/
 

Backwoods Savage

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Feb 14, 2007
27,811
Michigan
I have one of those by another company and have had it for many years. We cut lots of brush with it and it also has a 4 edged blade for big weeds plus the string. I remember buying it and think it was in 1986 or 1987 and we got it at Sears. Seems someone had bought it and brought it back. It was unused but we got a huge discount for it. We were never sorry except for the fact that it is heavy and using it comes in small doses because of a bad back.
 

Treacherous

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May 13, 2010
1,020
WA state
That sounds like the same one my dad has. He bought it in about '84/'85. It was called a Sears Brushwacker with the Robin/Subaru NB04/Sachs-Dolmar BC37.7 engine. It is currently a rebuild project of mine but if that doesn't work out I might just buy a new one. As a kid I remember really winding it up and a good swing you could really take down the trees with that saw blade on there.

I have one of those by another company and have had it for many years. We cut lots of brush with it and it also has a 4 edged blade for big weeds plus the string. I remember buying it and think it was in 1986 or 1987 and we got it at Sears. Seems someone had bought it and brought it back. It was unused but we got a huge discount for it. We were never sorry except for the fact that it is heavy and using it comes in small doses because of a bad back.
 

Backwoods Savage

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Feb 14, 2007
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That sounds like the same one. I remember finding a fellow close to us that was trying to get a sharpening business started and took the blade to him several times. I think he charged me $2.50
 

Treacherous

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May 13, 2010
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WA state
It worked great until recently. My brother apparently borrowed it and used a weak oil mixture in it. IIRC it needs 16:1 and he used something like 40:1 in it. Some scoring but I think I have it cleaned up pretty good. Throwing $30 (piston and rings) in parts into it and crossing my fingers.
 

Backwoods Savage

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Hopefully that works. It is amazing to me that folks don't ask what mix it should have.
 
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MasterMech

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I've never run a Tanaka trimmer, but I wouldn't shy away from one. I've haven't heard any bad about them.

I do have Stihl's version of a 4-stroke engine (4-Mix) in the FS130 (bike handle). It uses 2-cycle fuel mix, but the tradeoff is that there are no oil changes.

At 36.3cc, the FS130 with a Stihl chisel tooth saw blade has no problems with 1-2" trees
http://www.stihlusa.com/products/trimmers-and-brushcutters/professional-trimmers/fs130/
http://www.stihlusa.com/products/tr...ries/trimmer-heads-and-blades/circularchisel/

I own 2 4-mix engines (FS110R and a BR600). Fantastic engine. They use the same mix I run in the saws (and everything else actually) and run/lubricate equally well in any position. Important in a trimmer as I often turn it on its side to edge.

Tanaka has been around for awhile. They have a good reputation for making reliable equipment with good ergonomics. I would make sure you have a good source for parts/repairs if you plan to use the unit regularly.
 

Treacherous

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May 13, 2010
1,020
WA state
I own 2 4-mix engines (FS110R and a BR600). Fantastic engine. They use the same mix I run in the saws (and everything else actually) and run/lubricate equally well in any position. Important in a trimmer as I often turn it on its side to edge.

Tanaka has been around for awhile. They have a good reputation for making reliable equipment with good ergonomics. I would make sure you have a good source for parts/repairs if you plan to use the unit regularly.


Good to know!!! Thanks!
 

JOHN BOY

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Sep 20, 2012
532
Western Mountains ,NC
Never heard anything bad about tanaka... Ive run a stihl 130R thing was a beast !
 

basod

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Sep 11, 2009
937
Mount Cheaha Alabama
My coworker has a similar echo for the past 4 yrs and he has used the heck out of it - brush clearing only. It's comfortable/balanced and reliable
The primer bulb just cracked on it the other day - other than that no issues.

I'll have to get a pic of my FS353 up - vintage beast
 
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Pallet Pete

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I decided to pick up this 42.7cc Echo SRM410U. It is Japanese made and seems well built.



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I have an Echo CS-310 and a Echo weedwacker they are very well made products and I love them. In five years all I had go wrong was the oil filter on the saw. High quality stuff.

Pete
 

Ashful

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Mar 7, 2012
15,715
Philadelphia
All my non-chainsaw OPE is Echo, and I've said many times that my Echo 510 EVL is the most reliable saw I've ever owned. It's also the brand most of the local landscapers use. You can't go wrong with Echo.
 
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Pallet Pete

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Also Hitachi owns Tanaka now days and they offer a heck of a warranty ! 7 year's.
 

basod

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Sep 11, 2009
937
Mount Cheaha Alabama
Get one of these for it
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Ashful

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Mar 7, 2012
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Philadelphia
Also Hitachi owns Tanaka now days and they offer a heck of a warranty ! 7 year's.

Ever take a close look at that Hitachi warranty? I bought a saws-all from them a few years ago, and the outside of the box had a big label, "7 year warranty!" The warranty info in the actual manual was quite different, though. Something like 1 year on the motor, and 3 years on the plastic chassis. There were no components warranted to 7 years, according to the actual warranty statement in the manual.
 

Treacherous

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May 13, 2010
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WA state
Not many dealers in my area to service Tanaka even though their US office is in my state (Auburn, WA). I had also considered Redmax. I guess the Tanaka's are made in China now.

Does that leave Echo/Shindaiwa as the only line that produces some stuff in Japan? The power head on my Echo says Made in Japan. This says it might be a hybrid US/Japan arrangement.

http://echo-usa.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/422/kw/where are echos made

"Most of the ECHO products are manufactured in the U.S.A. The shortblocks are made in Japan. "
 

greg13

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Jan 5, 2012
907
CNY
When you are using a blade, don't forget to wear the harness with it. It can save your leg from a nasty gash.
 

basod

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Sep 11, 2009
937
Mount Cheaha Alabama
Those 22 tooth blades last a long time if you can keep them out of the rocks/dirt
I believe they are carbide tipped so you'll have to pay to sharpen it
That's the beauty of the beaver blade - hand sharpen and it acts like a clutch so it limits kick back
 
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